Clean & Creamy Dressing

A bottle of Hidden Valley Ranch includes the following ingredients:

Soybean oil, water, egg yolk, sugar, salt, buttermilk, natural flavors (soy), spices and less than 1 percent of dried garlic, dried onion, vinegar, phosphoric acid, xanthan gum, modified food starch, monosodium glutamate (MSG!!!), artificial flavors, disodium inosinate and disodium guanylate, according to the label.

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Let’s say you are on a “diet” and only buy the fat free bottled dressing. Check out what Maria Emmerich has to say about eating a healthy salad along with fat free ranch.

Are you using fat free salad dressing? Well, did you know that vitamins A, D, E and K are FAT-SOLUBLE vitamins? You can’t absorb these vitamins without a fat, which is why fortifying skim milk with vitamin D is a waste of money! I have so many clients deficient in vitamin D. Could our low fat diets be the problem? Taking a vitamin d supplement with a bowl of cereal and skim milk will NOT let the vitamin D absorb into the bloodstream. –

Ingredients in Free Ranch: Water, Corn Syrup, Maltodextrin, Sugar, Modified Food Starch, Buttermilk (Adds a Trivial Amount of Fat, Adds a Trivial Amount of Cholesterol)Salt, Less Than 2% of Vinegar, Garlic Puree, Onion Puree, Garlic (Dried)Onion (Dried)Green Onion (Dried)Spice, Sour Cream (Cream, Nonfat Milk, Cultures; Adds a Trivial Amount of Fat, Adds a Trivial Amount of Cholesterol)Xanthan Gum, Lecithin, Vegetable Oil (Canola Oil and/or Soybean Oil; Adds a Trivial Amount of Fat)Monoglycerides (Adds a Trivial Amount of Fat)Natural Flavor, Artificial Color, Monosodium Glutamate, Lactic Acid, Phosphoric Acid)Disodium Phosphate, with Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, TBHQ and Calcium Disodium EDTA as Preservatives, Alpha Tocopherols (Vitamin E

Ready to make your own creamy dressings? Me too. Except…I’m not supposed to be consuming creamy dressings while following the DAMY Health program. What to do, what to do? You know what to do! Make do!

This dressing has a serious KICK to it, so spice-haters, beware! However, Spice Girl lovers, you are ok.

Clean and Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing

I made about one cup of this dressing and did not use specific measurements, so don’t feel tied down to the exacts. Making dressing should be fun! Taste as you go to prevent over seasoning.

  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1 T. lemon juice
  • 1 T. agave nectar (less is fine too)
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 med. shallot, minced
  • dash sea salt
  • dash pepper
  • 1 tsp. 21 Season Salute (I have a Trader Joe’s version, use what you can find! Just look for one that is salt, preservative and chemical free.)
  • 1 tsp. poppy seeds

Mix, blend or shake and enjoy. Use as a salad dressing or dip and keep refrigerated.

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